Poker Terms T-Z

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TABLE SIGNS —
Plastic placards placed on the table to advise players and incoming dealers of special rulers which are in effect for the course of the game. Typical table signs prohibit pot splitting and limit deck changes.

TABLE STAKES —
Poker played where only the money in front of the player at the commencement of the shuffle and deal is in play. Prohibits a player from putting more money in the table during the course of a hand and from taking money off the table in the course of a playing session. Also prohibits players from playing light or shy. Virtually all public cardroom poker is played table stakes.

TABLE TRANSFER —
To change from one table of a certain game to another table of the same game at the same limits.

TEXAS HOLD’EM —
A community card game in which the player receives two cards in his hand to play with five community cards. Zero, one or two cards play from the hand, together with five, four or three from the board. Generally referred to as Hold’em.

THREE-BET —
Another term for the first re-raise; raising the initial raiser. (Likewise Four-bet, etc.)

THREE OF a KIND —
(a.k.a. Trips) a hand containing three cards of the same rank and two unrelated kickers or side cards.

TIME COLLECTION —
In lieu of a rake, the charge by some establishments for the game per unit of time, typically per half hour. Each player is charged a certain amount for the subsequent time unit of play.

TIME POT —
a pot from which the time collection is taken so that the winner of that pot pays for the whole table rather than each player paying his own time collection.

TISSUE PAPER —
It is part of the tradition of the game that certain irregularities shall require an improper card to be deemed “a piece of tissue paper” — that is, that it shall be treated as if it did not exist and a piece of tissue were in the deck in its place. Most commonly this applies to a boxed card or a joker that is mistakenly left in the deck.

TOKE —
a tip or gratuity, usually given to a dealer when having just won a pot.

TRANSFER LIST —
a list maintained by the same person who maintains the Player list–usually the floorperson–that determines the order in which players may transfer from one game to another table of the same game at the same limits.

TURN —
a) As in turn to act b) In community card games, the fourth upcard.

TREY —
Cards of the rank of three are always referred to as treys.

TWO PAIR —
Hand ranking in which two cards of equal rank, two other cards of equal rank and a side card make up the player’s best five-card hand.

UNDER THE GUN —
In games played with blinds, the position which is first to act after the blinds.

UPCARDS —
In stud games, the cards that are face up. In community card games, the cards face up on the board.

VERBAL ACTION –
Action made verbally before putting chips into the pot to indicate the action.

VERBAL DECLARATION —
a declaration of action (check, bet, call, fold, raise) made verbally.

WALK –
(as in a kill)

WHEEL —
a five-high straight.

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